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Reparations Bill

Reparations Bill

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Reparations Bill

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  1. Reparations Bill • Originally introduced March 11, 1867 by Thaddeus Stevens of PA (H.R. 29 – 40th Congress) • Condemn property of confederate states • 40 acres & mule to X-slave head of household • $50 to build house • Land title vested after 10 years • Jan. 6, 2009, Bill to create 7 member commission to conduct $8,000,000 study of history and impact of slavery & advise on slavery reparations • Proposed by John Conyers (D), Michigan (HR 40 – 111th Congress) • 4. Title of Act: Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09

  2. Reparations Bill (cont) 5. Duties of the Commission • Examine extent Federal & State governments supported slavery including deprivation of freedom, exploitation of labor, destruction of culture, language, religion & families (Constitution Article 1 & Dred Scott Decision, etc.) • Examine economic, political & social discrimination against descendants from end of Civil War to present (Insurance, banks, shipping investment houses, loans, health care, failing schools, etc.) • Examine lingering negative effects on descendants & society & examine new forms of discrimination in public & private sectors • Recommend appropriate ways to educate public of findings • Recommend appropriate remedies/compensation First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09

  3. Reparations Bill (cont.) • Estimated costs to Africans in the Diaspora • $10 billion yearly through • Black-white wage gap • Denial or capital access • Inadequate public services • Reduced social security/govt benefits 7. Other Reparation Pay-outs • Native-Americans • Japanese-Americans - WWII • Philippines veterans – WWII • Black survivors/family of syphilis experiment First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09

  4. Reparations Bill (cont.) • Other Reparation Pay-outs (cont.) • Florida payments to 1923 Rosewood survivors/relatives – 1994 • Oklahoma payments to 1921 Tulsa survivors/descendants 8. Black millionaires would not get pay-outs 9. Tax money to redress Black suffering would go to • HIV/AIDS education & prevention • Under financed inner-city public schools • Expand job skills & training • Drug & alcohol counseling/rehabilitation • Computer access & literacy training programs • Improve public services for estimated 1 in 4 Blacks trapped in poverty First Annual International Peace, Justice & Empowerment Summit 9/22-23/09